- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

PERU

Court to announce Fujimori decision

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Supreme Court has made its definitive decision in the extradition case of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and will announce it in the coming days, one of the judges in the case said yesterday.

The five judges in the case were deciding whether to uphold the verdict of Supreme Court Judge Orlando Alvarez, who in July ruled that Mr. Fujimori should not be extradited to Peru, where he is accused of corruption and human rights abuses.

Mr. Fujimori, 69, has been in Chile since November 2005, when he was arrested on an international warrant after flying into the country from Japan. He was planning to begin a political comeback in Peru, where he served two terms as president from 1990 until 2000. His government collapsed in a corruption scandal, and he fled to exile in Japan.

BRAZIL

Finland pact signed on greenhouse gas

HELSINKI — Finland and Brazil yesterday signed an accord to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as part of a Kyoto Protocol mechanism that enables rich countries to invest in projects in developing countries.

Finnish President Tarja Halonen and her Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, on a state visit to Finland, took part in the ceremony at the Finnish presidential palace.

The agreement allows an industrialized country with an emission reduction target set by the Kyoto Protocol to meet its goals buy investing in a developing country with no binding reduction target.

CHILE

Violence erupts at tribute march

SANTIAGO — Rock-throwing protesters clashed with police backed by water cannons and tear gas Sunday during a march paying tribute to victims of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

The government said 147 persons were detained and a police officer was injured, in the annual march marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 1973, putsch that brought Gen. Pinochet to power. Police said about 5,000 people marched.

VENEZUELA

Chavez says he could meet rebels

CARACAS — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday said he was willing to meet with guerrilla leaders in the Colombian jungle to broker a humanitarian accord between Colombia’s government and leftist rebels.

Mr. Chavez met with Colombia’s peace envoy on Friday and traveled to Colombia last month to advance an accord for the release of thousands of people kidnapped during the nation’s 40-year-old civil war.

Three U.S. defense contractors are among about 45 prominent hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

ARGENTINA

Menem barred from leaving

BUENOS AIRES — A judge has barred former President Carlos Menem from leaving Argentina during an investigation into illicit international arms sales in the 1990s, local press reported.

The judge also ordered $112 million of Mr. Menem’s assets frozen during the investigation into illegal weapons deals during his 1989-99 presidency, the Web sites of leading Argentine dailies La Nacion and El Clarin reported late Saturday.

Mr. Menem was detained for six months in 2001 during an earlier probe into a purported conspiracy to sell artillery, anti-tank missiles, mortars and rifles to Ecuador and Croatia. The former president has denied any wrongdoing.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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